Objective: The author of this novel begins the story in the middle of a significant event, when Delaney accidentally hits Candidó with his car. The objective of Lesson #1 is to explore the effect this method of introducing the story may have on the reader's overall impression of the characters.
1) Class discussion: Boyle opens his book with a main character, Delaney, accidentally hitting Candidó, an illegal immigrant, with his car. What is the author's purpose of introducing both characters this way? What does Boyle include in this initial interaction, and what does he leave out?
2) Small group activity: Divide the class into groups of 3-4 and ask them to summarize the first two chapters in bullet points. Have them write down these points in one column, and in another column ask them to write their understanding of the author's purpose in including these events.
3) Writing assignment: Create a...
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